scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: FOS, CFC, UW
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@BELLATLANTIC.NET
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 23:25:23 CST
> Perhaps Mike Bowman can explain something about the CFC allocation of
> funds. As a fed, I designate the Baltimore Area Council (BAC) as my
> choice. The BAC also negotiates with the CFC for a percentage of the
> "take" if I am correct. What happens if the directed allocations by
> individuals exceed the negotiated amount? Does the BAC get
> the overage
> or is the negotiated figure never reached. I did not make
> this a private
> post because I think that a response would be of interest to
> many people.
As others have noted CFC does take a percentage of each allocation for
overhead costs. So your allocation never is 100% transferred.
BSA and each participant in CFC does negotiate a share of the "take" from
allocations that do not specify a particular charity.
What happens beyond this is dependant on the area involved in the CFC. I've
heard in some areas where direct allocations go to the target regardless of
percentages negotiated and in other areas that anything over the target
percentage goes to a pool.
These complications in how giving works are often hard to understand and in
the very fine print. What it does suggest to me is that if you want to see
all of your money go to the local Council, your Council will get the most
benefit from a direct contribution to FOS.
However, the reality is that in many workplaces there is intense pressure to
contribute to make giving goals. And a good chunk of change comes in from
UW and CFC. So your local Council is simply going to be happy that you
designated giving in any way you could.
Michael F. Bowman firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President, http://usscouts.org
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.